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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Giroux is Essential
"Against the Terror of Neoliberalism" may be Henry Giroux's most encompassing, incisive, challenging and essential book. It is expansive in terms of the crucial domestic and international issues that are insightfully and rigorously covered, but simultaneous with the wide-ranging discourse is a vigorous focus that runs through every chapter. To read Giroux is to engage...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly the 99% price for the book!
I think if your goal is to get your message over to the Everyman/Everywoman; the Terrified of the Neoliberalism/ Fiscal Conservative; Student; and all Brothers and Sisters of Occupy you really ought Henry A. Giroux bring the price of your books down so what you write (in books) is readily available to Main Street as well as the Ivory Tower Street. The price of this book...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Giroux is Essential, May 31, 2008
This review is from: Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed (Cultural Politics and the Promise of Democracy) (Paperback)
"Against the Terror of Neoliberalism" may be Henry Giroux's most encompassing, incisive, challenging and essential book. It is expansive in terms of the crucial domestic and international issues that are insightfully and rigorously covered, but simultaneous with the wide-ranging discourse is a vigorous focus that runs through every chapter. To read Giroux is to engage one of the leading public intellectuals, educational theorists, and prolific writers of our time. One exits the engagement with this book with a much deeper and clearer understanding of the multiple domestic and international crises and challenges we face, as well as a newly enlivened sense of commitment accompanied by the tools, hope and knowledge necessary to work to overcome these crises and challenges.

Anyone interested in gaining a much deeper comprehension of current economic, political, cultural and educational policies, impacts and directions, and anyone willing to engage, understand and confront urgent questions and concerns about youth, public education, social responsibility, violence, the pedagogical power of corporate culture, emerging forms of authoritarianism, the exploitation of workers and resources, the future, racism, militarism, the dominant media, and possibilities for developing meaningful forms of democracy will find this book thoroughly engrossing and endlessly rewarding.

No short review can capture the breadth and brilliance of this book, nor the intellectual excitement it generates. Engaging Giroux seriously is exhausting and challenging, but only in ways that are invigorating and encouraging, and because of that, all of us should be thankful that Giroux continues his dedicated, persistent and inspired work. It is at our peril that we avoid the demanding and energizing work Giroux offers and inspires.

In confronting the terrors of neoliberalism and the foreboding recurrence of increasingly fierce and destructive disasters, Giroux thinks and writes with an unrelenting urgency, rigor and clarity, necessary now more than ever, and he provides us with critical tools for thinking hard about the world. While he offers no magic bullets, easy prescriptions or simple roadmaps (there are none), he offers carefully articulated direction rooted in a realistic hope sustained in the democratic possibilities alive in our capacities to act with a combination of civic courage, a collective spirit, critical inquiry, social responsibility, and local and international solidarity, so that we do not reproduce a present that cancels our future, and so we do not lose our reality by abandoning our dreams.

Read this book, share it and discuss it with friends, neighbors, classmates, fellow workers, and teachers, and let us begin the necessary work to save our imperiled future while building what Giroux calls an informed, involved, inclusive and vibrant democracy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Urgent Analysis by Our Premier Educator, June 3, 2008
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This review is from: Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed (Cultural Politics and the Promise of Democracy) (Paperback)
I started reading Henry Giroux back in 1983 and have never stopped. His inaugural book, written while he was only in his 30s, "Theory and Resistance in Education," remains a powerhouse guide to radical education. But nothing prepares us for Giroux's latest work. His "Against the Terror of Neoliberalism" is a red star exploding. Densely packed with brilliant insights into the black hole which is proto-fascist America, the book explains how things have gone badly wrong and where we are likely heading -- unless we abort and radically change course. It seems that Giroux has read everything. Like CLR James, Giroux is a towering people's intellectual who writes with incredible depth and ferocity. One never tires of reading and rereading him. What makes him such a commanding figure is his honest-to-goodness compassion. Giroux embodies Che's idea that love is at the heart of revolutionary change. Long may he write - and lead.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, Urgent and Powerful, June 29, 2008
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Adam Fletcher (Olympia, WA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed (Cultural Politics and the Promise of Democracy) (Paperback)
Teachers, youth workers, and parents who want to change the world: Read this book. Henry Giroux has written the essential book for anyone who wants to understand the powerful forces that are changing our world today, and the effects these forces are having on the most important people we work and live with everyday: children and youth. If you are tired of the over-simplified Fox News-style explanations of increased poverty, demoralized social fabric and machoistic militarism that come from most mainstream progressive sources, then Giroux's new book is a great read. He puts everything into context: education reform, the American empire, and increased jailing all find their places in the mess of modern U.S. culture, and better yet, Giroux doesn't hesitate to tell it like it is.

As a parent, an educator, and as a youth worker I recommend this book strongly to anyone yearning to understand why, how, and where our young people fit into - and need to fit into - the world today. Because of this book I am looking in my own "educated hope," and am now recommitted to "make the promise of a democracy and a different future worth fighting for." I hope you are, too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly the 99% price for the book!, December 27, 2013
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chezlouise (Annandale, Minnesota United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed (Cultural Politics and the Promise of Democracy) (Paperback)
I think if your goal is to get your message over to the Everyman/Everywoman; the Terrified of the Neoliberalism/ Fiscal Conservative; Student; and all Brothers and Sisters of Occupy you really ought Henry A. Giroux bring the price of your books down so what you write (in books) is readily available to Main Street as well as the Ivory Tower Street. The price of this book more reasonable than your others.

Great stuff therein though!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Contribution to Political Theory--Not, May 19, 2009
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Herbert Gintis (Northampton, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed (Cultural Politics and the Promise of Democracy) (Paperback)
I have trouble reading this book in large chunks because virtually every paragraph leaves me mystified and asking unanswered questions. Thus, I propose to make comments periodically, and hopefully a full review will emerge at the end of the process.

First off, I find the very idea of "neoliberalism" to be conservative and backward looking. That is not necessarily bad, but in this case, what Giroux looks back to is the post-WWII era in the US and Europe when unions were very strong and the left offered a vision of state-controlled economic relations that was attractive to a large fraction of the electorates in many countries. We might call that the "social democratic" opposition to classical liberalism, which upheld a strong market economy in which the role of the state was mainly protecting property rights, defending the country, and determining the supply of money.

The lament of Giroux is that we have abandoned the social-democratic opposition, and classical liberalism has returned to its former hegemonic power, to the detriment of (a) the poor; (b) workers; (c) minorities; (d) women; and (e) third world countries. Indeed, the opening quotation in chapter one is by Susan George (1999) who says "In 1945 or 1950, if you had seriously proposed any of the ideas and policies in today's standard neo-liberal toolkit, you would have been laughed off the stage or sent off to the insane asylum". "Gone," comments Giroux, "is capitalism's promise of a better future for all. All that is left is the savagery of a war against all, and a future of hopelessness and cynicism." (p. 4)

I have two problems with this analysis. The main problem is that the social democratic vision has not been turned back, but rather has been largely realized in the form of (a) the end of legalized discrimination against African-Americans; (b) the huge increase in the rights of women against the claims of patriarchy; (c) the rise of a culture that asserts racial tolerance and affirms gender equality; (d) a wide-spread system of social safety nets in the form of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance; and (e) a vigorous system of laws and social institutions protecting the rights of children against sexual and physical violence. I would argue that there are several new social priorities that have arisen given the basic resolution of the aforementioned social problems, but that social democracy has not shown itself popular among voters in solving these problems. Moreover, some of the old social democratic institutions, such a support for labor unions, were merely a means of forging a political united front of a labor aristocracy and the political social democrats that worked to the detriment of the majority of voters, including most workers.

My second problem flows from the first. There must be good reasons why voters have turned away from the social democratic vision, yet Giroux never states what these may be. Like many modern social democrats, he attributes the change in voter sentiments to a form of "false consciousness" in which the average citizen has come to believe the evil and insidious stories spun by the rich and powerful. This is not a very auspicious beginning for a political philosophy. It is better to assume that if the voters reject you, you did something wrong, you should find out what is is, and you should correct it. I can envisage situations in which this assumption is wrong, but I think it applies well to today's political scene.
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